Negro League Roto Baseball welcomes you to the 2009 inaugural year! This is a rotisserie keeper baseball league. A unique opportunity to join a challenging rotisserie baseball league dedicated to Negro League Baseball.
Before you read any further, you must be very committed to play in this league. You don't have to be extremely experienced, but you have to be committed to play day after day during the year even if you are losing, and you must make a commitment to go on with your team for years after. To make you committed to this league, and to make it competitive and worth playing, every team will put in $20.00. There will be 10 teams in this league, and at the end of the year the winner of the league will take all. So $200.00 is what will everyone will be playing for. That and pride and all the bragging rights you could ask for. I've been in Keeper Leagues before and it seems the only way owners stay committed to their teams for more than one year is to have money involved.
Now, on to the league. There will be a 40 man roster, just like any real MLB organization. There will be a 32 man MLB roster consisting of a 24 man active roster, and a 8 man bench. The other 8 spots on the 40 man roster will be a 8 man minor league roster which will have it's own separate draft.
The 24 man active roster will consist of C, C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, MI, CI, Utility (any batter), SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP. The 8 man bench can consist of any players.
Every year (aside from the year after the inaugural year) each team will have 6 Keepers. The year after the inaugural year there will be only 5 Keepers. Again, each year after there will be 6 Keepers.
For the inaugural year (and every year after), every player picked during the 1st round of the draft will be a Keeper, and remain on their team, for 2 full years after the year in which they were drafted. Such as, if they were drafted in 2009, they will remain on the team through the 2011 season.
Again, in the inaugural year (and every year after), every player picked during the 2nd round of the draft will be a Keeper, and remain on their team, for 1 full year after the year in which they were drafted. Such as, if they were drafted in 2009, they will remain on the team through the 2010 season.
These Keepers will be called "Type 1" and "Type 2", respectively. Once "Type 2" Keepers lose their Keeper status, they will be placed back into the draft pool. Teams are allowed to draft the player again in any draft, at any time. Once "Type 1" Keepers lose their Keeper status, they will be allowed to be placed into 1 of 3 different Keeper options mentioned below, if so desired.
Each year there will be 3 other types of Keepers that each team must select from the players they had on their team the year prior. These Keepers will have 3 different Keeper options. "Type C", "Type B", and "Type A". "Type C" Keepers are players who are selected before the season and cannot be a Keeper of any kind for that team the following season. "Type B" Keepers are players who are selected before the season and must also be a Keeper (C, B, or A) the following year. "Type A" Keepers are players who are selected before the season and can be any Keeper the following year (C, B, or A) or not a Keeper at all the following year.
The 6 Keepers every year will consist of 2 "Type 1" Keepers, 1 "Type 2" Keeper, 1 "Type C" Keeper, 1 "Type B" Keeper, and 1 "Type A" Keeper. There will only be 5 Keepers the year after the inaugural year due to only having 1 "Type 1" Keeper. There is no limit to how many years a certain player can be a "Type B" or "Type A" Keeper. A certain player can be a Keeper (B or A) for as many years as you want. Just like "Type 2" Keepers, "Type C" Keepers will be placed back into the draft pool once they lose their Keeper status and any team, including the team that just had that player, are allowed to draft that player again at any time.
"Type 1", "Type 2" and "Type B" Keepers cannot be traded or released at any time during which they have their Keeper status with their team. "Type C" Keepers cannot be released during the year but they can be traded. "Type A" Keepers can be released if need be as well as traded. If a Keeper (Type C, or A) is traded during the year they will keep their Keeper status with their new team, so it's possible to have more than 6 Keepers once the season starts. But before the next season, the team will have to have the correct number of Keepers once again. For the inaugural year, teams must select 1 "Type B" and 1 "Type C" Keeper between the draft and the start of the season who were not drafted in the first 2 rounds.
Before each year each team must also select 2 Lock players. A Lock player is just someone, who isn't a Keeper of yours, who cannot be traded or released during the year who is on your 32 man MLB roster to start the season. There will be one "Type X" Lock player and one "Type Z" Lock player. A "Type X" Lock player must be someone (non Keeper) you select who was drafted between the 3rd and 8th rounds of the draft (round 3 through round 14 for inaugural year). A "Type Z" Lock player must be someone (non Keeper) you select who was drafted between the last round of the draft and the 6th round before the last round (round 27 through round 32 for inaugural year).
There will also be 1 Transition player. This will be a player you select before the season who was drafted between the 9th round and the 7th round before the last round (round 15 through round 26 for inaugural year) who MUST be traded or released by the All-Star break. This situation puts you in a position of dealing with a disgruntled player who you have to get rid of.
The inaugural year will consist of a 32 round draft for your 32 man MLB roster (26 rounds in 2010, 25 rounds every year after without minor league promotions). The order of the draft will be done randomly for the inaugural year. Draft order will be announced as soon as the league is full. Rounds will be reversed round after round. The draft order every year after the inaugural year will be based on the records of the previous year. Worst record the previous year will have the first pick in the first round, the best record will have the last pick in the first round.
The rights to draft picks will be allowed to be traded, but if you happen to acquire more draft picks then you give up your draft will stop as soon as you have selected enough players to fill your 32 man MLB roster.
There will be a separate minor league draft every year. Every year the draft order will be selected randomly and the order will be reversed each round. There will be 8 rounds the inaugural year for 8 players. Each year after there will be only 6 rounds due to every team keeping 2 minor league players. The 2 minor league Keepers you select can only be kept for 1 year extra, which means they only have the option to be kept once. When the player's option to be kept once is gone the player must be put on the MLB roster or dropped all together. If you do drop a minor league player after his option is gone, it is possible for you to draft him again, but it can't be in the first round in the draft. Since this league will be run through ESPN, please be sure to check if a minor leaguer / rookie is on a 8 man Negro League Roto Baseball minor league roster before you pick that player up as a free agent. You obviously cannot pick up a free agent during the year on ESPN's available list if that player is on someone else's 8 man minor league roster.
Each year your 8 man minor league roster must consist of at least 3 pitchers (SP or RP) and 3 batters. Minor league draft picks cannot be traded. Players that start the year on your minor league roster can only be brought up during the year during the All-Star break. If you bring up a minor leaguer during the All-Star break, they must stay on your 32 man roster the rest of the year. If you do happen to bring up a minor leaguee during the All-Star break, you are not allowed to replace him on your minor league roster with another player. If you don't bring up a minor leaguer during the All-Star break, then they cannot be brought up at all the rest of the year. If a minor leaguer stays on your minor league roster all year they can be put on your MLB roster the following year without having to be a Keeper for your MLB roster. A minor league player doesn't have to have his option used in order to be put on the MLB roster. If you do keep a minor league player for your MLB team you will just have your last pick (round 25) removed because your 32 man MLB roster will be filled a round early.
Minor league players are allowed to be traded after the All-Star break, that is, the rights to minor leaguers are allowed to be traded after the All-Star break. If a minor leaguer's rights is traded during the year, they will only change ownership until after the year. However, in order for a minor leaguer to be traded, that minor leaguer must not be on his option year. Minor league players on their option year are not allowed to be traded. If you do happen to acquire a minor league player's rights, that player MUST start the next year on your 32 man MLB roster. If you happen to work out a trade involving the rights of a minor leaguer(s), the Commish must be notified of such a deal before it is completed. If teams agree on a deal involving MLB players and minor league players, do NOT trade the MLB players over at the league page at ESPN before contacting the Commish.
There will also be our own version of a Rule 5 draft which will take place directly after each season ends. At the end of the season, each team must protect 22 of their 32 man MLB roster that ended the season. That will leave each team with 10 unprotected players, and with 10 teams, there will be 100 players eligible in our Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 draft will only consist of 2 rounds. Rounds will be based on teams' records for the year. Worst team will pick first, best team will pick last. The second round will not be reversed from the first. Every team must select a player from the 100 players eligible during the first round. That player must be on your 32 man MLB roster to start the year, and cannot be traded or released until the All-Star break. The second round of our Rule 5 draft is optional for teams. You can either select a player with your pick or pass on your pick. There is no penalty for passing on your pick. Any player selected in the second round must be on your 32 man MLB roster to start the year, but can be traded or released any time afterwards.
In terms of transactions, you are allowed as many trades as possible. In fact, you are required to make 2 trades throughout a calender year. Failure to do so will result in losing your 6th round draft pick. Trades can be as simple as trading draft picks. You are also allowed 2o free agent/waiver claims during the year without any consequences. However, any free agent/waiver claims above 20 will cost you. Free agent/waiver claims between 21-30 will cost a team their 20th round pick the following year. Free agent/waiver claims between 31-40 will cost a team their 15th round pick the following year. Free agent/waiver claims between 41-50 will cost a team their 10th round pick the following year. Free agent/waiver claims between 51-70 will cost a team their 5th round pick the following year. Free agent/waiver claims between 71-100 will coast a team their 4th round pick the following year. Any free agent/waiver claims above 100 will cost a team their 3rd round pick the following year.
So, let's recap. 6 Keepers every year (aside from the year after the inaugural year); 2 "Type 1", 1 "Type 2", 1 "Type A", 1 "Type B", and 1 "Type C". Lock players; 1 "Type X", 1 "Type Z". 1 Transition player. Possible minor league promotions. 1 Rule 5 draft player, possibly a second.
Check this spreadsheet for an example... http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key= ... LmUg&hl=en
The scoring will be as such....
For batters: HR, R, RBI, SB, SLG, OBP, AB, CS, H, RC, AST, E
For Pitchers: ERA, K, WHIP, S, OBA, HRA, HD, BS, IP, SO, WIN%, K/BB
The league will be run through ESPN. The draft time has been set for Saturday, April 4th @ 12:15pm (est).
Since this league is called Negro League Roto Baseball, your team name must be one of the former Negro League team names. A list of team names can be seen here... http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com/team ... index.html
Contact the Commish before you set up your team name to see if that name is available. Homestead Grays are already established by the Commish. When you register your team on the league page at ESPN, put the name of the city of your Nergo League team where it says "location". Put the team name of your Negro League team where it says "nickname".
Again, this league is very detailed which needs you to be able to give it a lot of attention. If you have any questions or suggestions about the league, please post them or e-mail me (email@example.com). If you doubt you'll be able to give the time and effort into this league, please do not reply. Should be an exciting year(s).